Today on the podcast we are talking about fasting.
Whitney and I embarked on a 72 hour fast. Whit got 50 hours in, and I clocked out at 62 hours. I ended up breaking my fast because I started to get hunger than usual around 5 pm, and I didn’t want to wait until the next day to eat, so I broke my fast early with my family. Whit broke hers 50 hours in because she had a migraine. Once she got some food in her it elevated the pain.
This is the most important thing if you ever try to fast. If you feel unwell at all break your fast. If you only have low energy, are cold, or a slight headache, then first try drinking some water with electrolytes. This should help.
For our fast, we did a bone broth fast, meaning instead of just water we also consumed bone broth. We chose to incorporate bone broth, because we both recently had to take antibiotics. As good as they can be, antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria in your gut, so to help repopulate the good guys, we decided to do a bone broth fast along with taking probiotics.
Why Bone Broth?
We chose bone broth because it can help to repair intestinal and gut lining while also reducing inflammation in our digestive organs.
Specifically we use bone broth for its gelatin and collagen. “Gelatin is made by boiling animal bones, cartilage, and skin to extract the collagen. Collagen is a fibrous protein that connects muscles, bones, and skin in animals.”
The reason this matters is because the broth may aid digestion by helping to rebuild the mucosal lining of your stomach because of the glycine it has. It also stimulates the production of gastric juices, which aides in proper digestion. Lastly, gelatin can bind to water (think of jello), this can help food move through the digestive system efficiently  .
In an amazing and well researched article by Kaayla Daniel from the Weston A. Price Foundation website, they explain that bone broth contain minerals that your body can easily absorb, mainly: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur, ext. It also has chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine, these compounds can serve to reduce inflammation, arthritis and joint pain.
My last point about bone broth comes from a Dr. Axe article I read about the benifits of bone broth, “Gelatin in bone broths contains conditional amino acids arginine, glycine, glutamine and proline. These amino acids also contribute to stock’s healing properties.” Before we go on I want to talk about each one it turn from one of the sites the Dr. Axe referenced is his article
Is essential for normal immune system activity, it is also necessary for wound healing. Which was important to use healing from the sickness we had. going back to a previous point, it also, help healing through collagen synthesis, which is in bone broth. The next amino acid is glycine, which we also talked about above, but let’s dig into what is does.
Is a nessesary part of hemoglobin (a protein molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the body’s tissues6.) It is also plays an important role in the enzymes involved in energy production, and is part of the neurotransmitters that improves sleep, memory and performance While also inhibiting sugar cravings. Next of the four is glutamin
It is a precursor to the neurotransmitter GABA (an inhibitory neurotransmitter that helps with relaxation). It is essential for maintaining normal and steady blood sugar levels. It also is important for muscle strength and endurance. Lastly, it is essential to gastrointestinal function by providing energy to the small intestines. Last, but not least we have proline.
This is where the rubber meets the road, it is a critical component of cartilage (which is key to the health of joints, tendons and ligaments). Proline is also involved in keeping the heart muscle strong. Lastly it also works in conjunction with Vitamin C in keeping skin and joints healthy.
Why a bone broth fast?
Aside from all of the above reasons, Whit and I decided to do a bone broth fast because it allowed her the flexibility to keep her warm and it allowed her to feel more satiated then a normal water fast would. If you are trying to dip your toes into fasting, this coupled with a shortened eating window could help.
What we had during our fast.
I had bone broth, black coffee, and water. Whit had bone broth, zipfizz, and water.
Whit had an 8 ounce cup of bone broth around 7am, 12pm, and 4pm, with her zipfizz around 1pm. Each of her cup were warmed to help her stay warm, since she is cold natured. This kept her feeling good and allowed her to continue with no problems. She stopped 50 hours in because she was fighting a migraine, if you ever feel a margarine on while fasting, you should stop and have a bit to eat.
I had a black cup of coffee for breakfast, and a cup of bone broth around 12 pm and 4pm, like whit, I continued for an extra 12 hours, but I chose to cut it early as well to have dinner with my family. We had meat and veggies cooked on fat to break our fast.
I feel like it is important to break a fast with a low carb meal, because it allows you to start in a fat burning mode well after your fast is over. This was a secondary goal to us repairing our gut flora after the antibiotics we both had to take.
After this, we also talk about the mindset around health eating, however, for that you need to listen to the episode. BWHAHA! Hopefully you enjoied the show notes, and please let me know what you think about the episode and the notes!